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47 Hour Steam Discount Saves You over $180 —> The Time Is Now…

Games have never been so cheap as they are today. For the next 47 hours there is an unprecedented sale going on offering up over $180 in savings over the individual cost of each game included. The Armageddon Bundle from Daedalic Entertainment includes such high-rated titles as Memoria (The Dark Eye), 1954: Alcatraz, Edna & Harvey: The Breakout as well as Harvey’s New Eyes, The Night of the Rabbit, A New Beginning – Final Cut, The Dark Eye: Chains of Satinav, The Whispered World Special Edition, Goodbye Deponia, Chaos on Deponia, and the original Deponia. These are all lovingly hand-crafted from the independent and artistically talented team at Daedalic Entertainment and if you’re a die-hard Adventure fan then you won’t want to miss out. Here’s a trailer from our favorite game of the bunch and a link to the Steam Deal itself below.

Armageddon Bundle – Available On Steam Now

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Decay: The Mare Steam Review

A dark and creepy point and click game with an atmosphere that is held together well by its soundtrack and presentation throughout, Decay: The Mare is short at length, but the offering price is not too bad. Steam Trading Cards, 42 Achievements, and Steam Cloud Saves are included features – but if you’re not in it for the demonic and demented feel the title gives off you’ll probably be disappointed. I was told to take my medicine before I went to bed, everything would be better in the morning they said. But it wasn’t. Now I’m trapped in this hell hole.

It should be noted immediately that graphically speaking this game will be described by many as very terrible looking. The screenshots are very misleading, it does not look like that in reality. To me, it seems the development studio Shining Gate Software has intentionally struck a nerve in order to provide a throw back, old school computer gaming vibe. This is something I deeply enjoyed about Decay: The Mare and the aesthetic provides a lot of nostalgia for me that I feel will sadly be overlooked or lost completely on the majority of gamers out there. For mass marketing reasons, Daedalic Entertainment probably shouldn’t have approved the game without having some dev firm somewhere touch up the resolution and provide an option for higher quality textures (if at all possible).

The controls are simple, as with most point and click adventures, but for some reason it seems really easy to get turned around and end up going the wrong way too often. Navigating becomes a bit tedious and harder than it should be. Luckily, the game itself is good enough to keep players pressing forward. But they are met with puzzles that seem to make much sense even after they are completed, hints that are not useful in a meaningful way, and this really holds back the experience.

Speaking on the navigation problems one more time before we move on, I can’t count how many times I knew what I wanted to look at and ended up turning around in circles dozens of times before clicking the right part of the screen. Every door looks the same, every hallway looks the same. To the point that players will be frustrated and fail to get around in a timely fashion. This is definitely a problem, even for those who are willing to forgive the lackluster looks or even appreciate them the way I do for their computer gaming nostalgia.

The character you play as is a recovering drug addict who seems to be grappling with inner demons which are represented by this experience overall as well as frightening figures that are just out of reach and taunting his every waking moment. Is he alive still? Is this a dream? Did he die from withdrawals and this is some form of hell in the after life? It’s not quite clear, but the vague fog and haze players find themselves in is part of the charm of Decay: The Mare.

The soundtrack to the game is great. Sound effects leave a lot to be desired but the musical score is impressive and adds a cinematic layer to the whole entire situation. Engine Performance was fine with no noticeable glitches in our play-through of the game but that any glitches in a game this simplistic would be hard to tolerate anyways. The replay value of the game is very questionable given how quickly players would be able to run through after playing the first time, but there’s always the Achievement hunters out there who will want to do more and more and there are some hidden moments for them to discover.

Final Verdict:

Decay: The Mare has so much going for it, it’s sad that it falls short of being a good point and click adventure but instead ends up being a fairly mediocre one. If you are a fan of the genre, pick this up. If you are not then there isn’t enough here for you to become one and you’ll probably walk away thinking that you just wasted your money.

I personally love the computer graphics approach from days of old, but most will see that as a cop-out statement and call this game horrible looking. I sincerely hope that Daedalic Entertainment uses their immense power as a quality publisher to push this development studio to do better next time around and possibly even sequel this exact title or give it a spiritual successor. There’s a soul here, and a functioning game, there’s just not enough polish.

Official Trailer:

Overall Score: 5.9 / 10
RGN Rating: Below Bronze
Developer: Shining Gate Software
Publisher: Daedalic Entertainment

Available On: Windows PC | Mac OS X | Linux | SteamOS (via Steam)

Played On: Windows PC

Review Copy Info: A digital copy of this game was provided to RealGamerNewz by the publisher for the purpose of this Review.

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Blackguards 2 Gets Second Overview Video from Daedalic Entertainment

Blackguards 2 is the sequel to Blackguards, a turn-based strategy role playing game (loving referred to as SRPG by some of the sub-genre’s longest running fans). As you may recall, our Blackguards Review contained mostly praise for the game, which comes out of a studio that takes a lot of pride in their work, but we also noted many areas of improvement we wanted to see addressed. Daedalic Entertainment released Video Overview #1 for the upcoming sequel a couple of weeks ago opening the dialogue with gamers as to what is changed in the new title. Today we get the second edition of that which talks about the monsters found in the new game while showing off some gameplay as well. Developer diaries are often the best way to gain the vision behind a franchise or even an individual game mechanic. If you’re any amount of interested in SRPG games or Blackguards 2 itself, we highly recommend hearing what the team behind the series has to say about its latest incarnation.

Now Available on Steam

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Dead Synchronicity: Tomorrow Comes Today – A New Post-Apocalyptic Adventure Coming Soon

When the game starts, you have no idea who you are or what happened to you to bring about the turn of events you are now faced with. A Great Wave of natural disasters paired with a scientific paradox turning all living beings to dust, flesh, and blood is what you’re up against… but is there time for both finding out your own identity as well as stopping the hands of time?

Dead Synchronicity: Tomorrow Comes Today is the name of a brand new game hitting the scene in the near future from development studio Fictiorama Studios and publishing house Daedalic Entertainment. On April 10, 2015 players will get their hands on Dead Synchronicity for Windows PC, Linux, and Mac OS X through Steam or other means of digital distribution online.

Check out the Official Screenshots for the game below and be on the lookout for a Full RealGamerNewz Hands-On Preview & eventually Review of the final build:

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Blackguards Review

With Blackguards, Daedalic Entertainment have created a game that is not easy to get into but unlocks tons of fun and satisfying gameplay for hardcore role playing game fans who are able to master its control set and user interface. If those don’t scare you off, then you’re in for a treat. Blackguards rewards players with a decent story, great battles, and an easy on the eyes experience that easily stands out in its genre.

Blackguards is a tactical role playing game that takes place on a grid with each square representing a slot for the player-controlled characters as well as enemies to move onto and perform actions on. Items on the grid are also able to be interacted with such as boxes to set on fire and on at least one occasion rope to be cut causing a chandelier to fall on opponents. Sometimes players have to close up nests of enemies while other times for an additional example. Enemies range greatly as the story progresses and vary in strengths and weaknesses causing players to rethink their strategy at all times. It’s easy to try the battle again if you fail, and sometimes this game will make you feel dumb – but persevere and it will all be worth it in the end.

This is a game that requires real tactics, and real thinking. Everything in the battles that are presented is based on what’s practical. Characters with ranged abilities need to be kept back while higher defense and physically-oriented characters run up on enemies for up-close action. Sometimes enemies can knock you down, use items on the battlefield, or prompt other unexpected events that keep the player feeling a sense of anticipation breaking any sort of monotony from forming.

Players must set up equipment before in between battles and can’t use the inventory screen during battles. Taking a rest between scenes is possible provided they have enough of the necessary provisions remaining. this will restore all characters to full health and restore their vitality. Switching between weapon sets mid-battle will take up a turn, but means that players have a diverse set of options to use while reacting to the sometimes rapidly thinking, highly tactical artificial intelligence. On the belt, players bring a few items such as bandages to have characters heal each other as well as Astral Potions for regaining energy to cast spells with.

Commands are given to each character using a wheel of options brought up by right clicking the mouse button on a grid and then selecting a section as well as sub-selection within it. Hot keys can also be set for the most common and favored attacks. Using the controls and interface can be a little challenging at first but once players get the hang of things they’ll be glad they did. This title has a lot to offer for true role playing game fans of the turn-based variety.

The main narrative of the game, which I described briefly in our Hands-On Preview of Blackguards back in december, is appended by optional side-quests, dialogue choices based on which character in your party you’d like to participate in the discussion at hand, towns with equipment, gambling, tall tales, and often more.

Speaking again on the few negative points of the title, and where the developers need to focus on improving if they ever attempt another Tactical RPG (or Strategy RPG depending which term you prefer), a few times it became difficult to select the right tile that I wanted to interact with. The user interface needs work in a few ways and that is one of them. While the camera angles presented are definitely interesting and beautiful to look at, the inability to rotate the view seemed odd since the 3D visuals seem to be fully fleshed out suggesting that the feature could have been there. Although the characters are not voice acted extremely well, the overall writing of the game’s story-line has many moments that feel sparse in excitement and pretty typical.

The plot has potential, and it could have been done worse, but while it doesn’t come off as particularly “bad” – some players will be unable to find immersion with Blackguards. The storytelling pace is good and all efforts to give each battle plenty of pre-text and context are successful, but the voice acting certainly could have been a lot more gripping and would have provided a better experience for the player if it were.

That being said, the gameplay is exciting and fun enough to propel this title passed its faults. I found myself getting lost in the accumulation of equipment, side-questing for money to buy better weapons / armor / items, and mastering different types of battle scenarios using a wide range of tactics and strategies that began to feel like a Madden playbook for the turn-based, grid-centered RPG universe.

The upgrade system in Blackguards adds a lot of replay value as well and extends gameplay hours significantly. The type of player that gets into RPG systems won’t be let down here as there are several different categories to level up and players can even expedite learning from teachers found along the journey. Skill base values, Weapon Talents, Talent Levels, Spells, and Special Abilities can be gained and customized for each character in the game. This combined with the mid-battle swapping of equipment setups and the hot-key behaviors eventually allows the player to clear their mind of micro-management and focus on being the ultimate strategist under pressure.

Final Verdict:

Blackguards is one of the few shining examples of how modern turn-based gaming should be in a tactical role playing game. Though once I had gotten used to it I can’t imagine the user interface being any different, it took some effort to really flow quickly and intuitively within the control system presented. Perhaps a better approach could have been taken with that. The voice acting does little to convince and the story can be mediocre at times, but overall it gets the player where they need to go and provides a decent backdrop for the real meat of the sandwich, which is of course the tactical battles therein.

Visually the game has moments that are stunning, animations that are very professionally crafted and polished, and never manages to look bad. The audio quality feels polished as well, with no bugs experienced from the game engine and load times in the final build zooming incredibly fast. Blackguards is what Tactical RPG fans want from life, and is well worth the asking cost. This is a high quality product that has come a long way since its early build showing the dedication, work ethic, and skill level of Daedalic Entertainment. Blackguards gets an 8.75 out of 10 from RealGamerNewz earning it the RGN Silver Game Rating.

Official Trailer:

Official Score: 8.75/10

RGN Rating: Silver Game

Developer / Publisher: Daedalic Entertainment

Available On: PC | Mac OS X

Played On: Windows PC

Review Copy Info: A digital copy of the game was provided to RealGamerNewz by the publisher for the purpose of this review.

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Blackguards – Character Class Selection Video Released [HD 1080P]

Check out our Blackguards Hands-On Preview if you haven’t already, and look for the title to release on Windows PC as well as Mac OS X platforms January 24, 2014 from Daedalic Entertainment. Below is a Full 1080P High Definition video on Blackguards detailing the character classes found in the game and guiding players in Character Class Selection.

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Blackguards (Hands-On) Preview

In Blackguards players start off on the wrong side of the law with little to no understanding of what was reality and what was fantasy. The main character witnesses a strange wolf, which almost seems possessed, killing a princess he knew well and was sworn to protect. When he’s killed the beast though the princess lays on the ground with blood all around her and there is now no wolf to be seen. The player is discovered and amongst the confusion hears a voice whisper out to him. Taking the blame for what happened, unsure of who is really responsible for what happened, and tortured in the pain of imprisonment both within his mind as well as literally Blackguards begins with the player on a quest for answers.

Blackguards is available right now for gamers to jump into for themselves on Steam’s Early Access program and is developed by the team who created Memoria (our review here) also known as Daedalic Entertainment. The dark and somber style of this title’s main character is quickly offset by the brute-ish and sometimes funny spirit of his cellmates who together stage a prison break. Gameplay in this title is that of a very fine-tuned Strategy RPG with special attacks, magical spells, environmental actions, and a grid for movement. Graphically this title does well to provide an immersive experience as the artists within Daedalic have chosen a certain Art Direction that has players feeling eerie and always on the run from evil, as well as towards vanquishing foes that might stand in their way.

Daedalic Entertainment has come out recently and stated that while the title is up for grabs on Steam Early Access the January 2014-scheduled final build will incorporate changes based on community feedback. The team is dedicated to listening to consumer and fan demand and input on the way the gameplay mechanics are fleshed out, so if you’d like to be a part of that process you can definitely join in. When the final product launches it will be available for Windows PC and Mac OS X platforms at $39.99 with a special edition available for just ten bucks more including an Art Book and more. As for Early Access members the discount for supporting the game early puts the title at $24.99 total with a $34.99 Deluxe Edition available as well including exclusive content and Art Book. Take a look at the official trailer, dev diary, and early access feedback response video below for a closer look at it and we encourage fans of the Tactical RPG genre to give it a try for themselves as well.

Official 1080P Video Of Work-In-Progress Game:

 

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Silence: The Whispered World 2 – Teaser Trailer [HD 1080P]

Silence: The Whispered World 2 by developer / publisher Daedalic Entertainment behind Memoria (our review here) as well as Blackguards (our preview coming soon) has a Windows PC and Mac OS X Late 2014 targeted release window and received the following teaser trailer today presented by RealGamerNewz and our video partners in Full 1080P High Definition automatically below.

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Turn-Based RPG Blackguards Gets Chapter 3 Added To Steam Early Access File

If you’re anything like me then turn-based RPG is just something classic that can never be replaced by the awesome new flood of Action RPG styles we’ve seen gush into the industry over the past decade. There’s just something methodical and intriguing about turn-based that I will never turn my back on (bad pun, you caught me). Anyways, Blackguards has now received Chapter 3 in its Steam Early Access and you can jump in right now at this link. This is from the same crew who brought you all Memoria (our review here) and you can find a little teaser of the title below in Full 1080P High Definition.

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The RPG Blackguards Gets Steam Early Access Release Date

Blackguards from Daedalic Entertainment is one of the upcoming role playing games we’ve been keeping our eyes on here at RealGamerNewz and today it was announced that the title will hit Steam’s Early Access program on November 7, 2013. Players will get a discount on the game as well as be able to play early. There’s even an Early Access Deluxe Edition planned which would come with an art book of 150 pages, developer interviews, and exclusive wallpaper images.

For a little more investment, the Blackguards Early Access Contributor Edition is even more ambitious offering players a spot in the credits, the first DLC for free, and a copy of The Dark Eye as well as Chains of Satinav. Check out the High Definition preview created by YOGSCAST Hannah with a complete interview featuring Daedalic Entertainment if you’re interested in seeing something more of Blackguards and can’t wait.

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Turn-Based RPG ‘Blackguards’ Has New Release Date

If you haven’t heard about it yet, Daedalic Entertainment (the development team who created Memoria) are putting together a brand new turn-based role playing game based on the Dark Eye universe. In Blackguards an unlikely team of anti-heroes are all that mankind has left to rely upon. More information is expected to become available as the new release date for Blackguards approaches. This game is currently expected to release January 2014 for Windows PC.

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Memoria Review

Memoria is a point-and-click adventure game developed by Daedalic Entertainment that is set in a world where magic is everywhere, but it’s not always socially accepted. The main character of this game is a man who seeks to return the love of his life back to her original fairy / humanoid state. Trapped in the body of a bird, a Raven to be exact, Nuri is the inspiration behind everything you’ll do while playing as Geron. Gameplay scenes which flashback to an ancient time also tell a deeper context to the story which become immediately relevant as cascading events take place and see Geron getting in over his head as he tails the man he believes to be his only hope at returning Nuri to her original form.

During the ancient flashbacks you’ll play as Sadja, a mysterious princess hellbent on obtaining a sacred item in order to secure her place in history through the glory of winning wars. It is said that whoever holds this item will be able to undue any loss in battle, but its power seems to be far more complex than that. You will gain spells in very intriguing ways. Each magical character you encounter is on the borderline between demonic presence and mystical spirit guide.

It’s easy to get very stuck in this game, and it can make one want to just give up. Players will often spend hours and hours trying to figure out what to do next only to find out that it was something simple they overlooked. Being that this is a point and click adventure however, that is definitely meant to be part of the fun here. With use of creativity, critical thinking, scroll of the mouse wheel for fast changing the selected item / action to perform, and if necessary Combination Hint (lights up the item on the cursor when two items can be used together) the impossible eventually becomes easy.

Gameplay: The gameplay in Memoria is mostly what you’d expect from a point-and-click adventure but does have a few surprises here and there. The magic spells in the game will give it a bit more excitement than some point-and-click games but also the challenge of the puzzles are something beyond what I’ve experienced before in the genre. Gamers of all types will be drawn to this game by the story, but will stay for the increasingly rewarding feeling that is felt after discovering the way forward.

Characters / Enemies: Each character and enemy in this game is well storied. You’ll really get a sense of who everyone is and this allows complex emotional attachments to become built to everyone in the game. Beyond that, the characters are all believable in the world that Memoria takes place in. Even the enemies have their point of view presented in a way that gives the player a great understanding. As they say, there’s two sides to every coin. Memoria shows you both sides of the struggle between good and evil and turns the duality of the concept on its head.

Graphics / Art Direction: The art direction and graphics in Memoria are simply incredible. This game is beautiful. Whether in a dark and demonic cave or outside in the fresh air, players can really enjoy the visuals that are presented. The mix of 2D and pseudo-3D provokes an even more realistic experience that will immerse the player in Memoria. Daedalic Entertainment has done a great job at making this game look  breathtaking and you don’t need a powerful computer to appreciate what they’ve done here.

Soundtrack, Audio, Voice: The Japanese version of the voice acting is done very well here. Sound effects and music are crisp and high quality. Players won’t be distracted by any low-quality audio moments, the aura of the game is maintained and stays true throughout so that the sounds in Memoria end up blending into the overall experience and helping to give it a truly unique identity.

Engine Performance: In our play-through the game engine that Memoria uses was smooth and had no glitches to speak of. We were pretty impressed by the overall quality of the game and the engine surely played a large part in this.

Replay Ability: Medium

Final Verdict: All in all, there’s nothing bad to say about Memoria. Some players may get stuck at times trying to figure out what to do next, but there’s a decent amount of clues laying around so that eventually the way is always found. The reward of solving the increasingly difficult puzzles is half of the fun really. Not every gamer is going to enjoy the point-and-click adventure genre, but if players are unsure and find themselves wanting to try this game out, Memoria could very well be the one that gives birth to their love for this genre. Memoria receives a perfect 10 out of 10 score from RealGamerNewz making it one of our few RGN Platinum Rated Games and we highly recommend it to everyone. This experience will mystify and enchant you and should not be skipped for any reason.

Official Trailer:

Overall Score: 10/10

RGN Rating: Diamond Game

Developer: Daedalic Entertainment

Publisher: Deep Silver

Available On: Windows PC and Mac OS X

Played On: Windows PC

Review Copy Info- A digital copy of the game was provided to RealGamerNewz by the publisher for the purpose of this review.

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Closed Beta Slots Up For Games At Daedalic Entertainment For Blackgrounds RPG

If you want a part of the Closed / Open Beta phases of the upcoming RPG Blackgrounds then you’ll need to get a little creative as Daedalic Entertainment isn’t using your average sign-up forms to choose the players. If you are chosen though, you’ll get your name in the game’s credits when it releases November 2013. You must be at least 16 years old to enter. Closed Beta testing begins September 4, 2013 and ends October 2, 2013.

Send an email to [email protected] explaining your gaming experience to apply for Beta Testing Privileges.

Excerpt from the Official Press Release:

About Blackguards

Blackguards is probably one of the bleakest stories ever told in the universe of ‘The Dark Eye’: 

What if the only remaining hope of a world is not a company of virtuous heroes, but instead a bunch of outcasts and criminals? Blackguards will answer this very question. The player takes on the role of a convicted murderer, accompanied by a group of no less dubious characters.

They may spare the world its grim fate, but their good deeds are neither acts of kindness nor heroism, but, appropriate to their roguish nature, more likley the result of their attempts to save their own hides.

Staying alive is a feat of its own, since not only the long arm of the law wants their heads, but there are also other, mysterious powers with much more sinister intentions hot on their trail. As if all this wasn’t enough, Aventuria’s south is crawling with dangerous beasts and monsters…

Blackguards is a turn-based RPG with tactical combat and combines Daedalic’s recognizeed high standards of storytelling and unique characters with thrilling action and an elaborate 3D environment. Challenging quests will lead the player through a dark story of doubt, treachery and loss.”

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Memoria Trailer Released Ahead of Thursday Steam Release; Review Incoming

Check out our Preview of Memoria from Daedalic Entertainment. Below you’ll find today’s release of the Memoria Official Trailer in full 1080P High Definition right here on RealGamerNewz.com for the point-and-click adventure which releases this thursday on Steam. We’ll have a full Review for you coming this week as well leading up to the release so that you’ll be able to gauge whether or not you want to pick up the game for yourself, but we can tell you so far we are experiencing a unique game that you shouldn’t miss out on.

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